This thick and hearty soup is based on a recipe I found from the early 1990's. I adjusted it to my liking, adding more of some things, less of others etc... and it turned out to be really delicious. Just don't ask about the calories, lol! It's chock full of potatoes, cheese, milk, butter, sour cream, and best of all, BACON! It's the perfect comfort food for curling up in front of the fire on a cold, snowy winter's evening. Enjoy!
*Note: Times are approximate. Prep work may be done the day before.
servesAt least 8-10
prep time1 Hr
cook time1 Hr 30 Min
Ingredients For steakhouse style loaded baked potato soup
all purpose flour
milk, more or less to desired consistency
salt (plus more to taste)
freshly ground black pepper
freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
green onions, white and green parts, sliced, divided
smoked bacon, crisp fried & crumbled, divided
ham chunks, bitesize, optional but good
sour cream (1 cup)
How To Make steakhouse style loaded baked potato soup
Wash potatoes; prick each several times with a fork; bake at 400 degrees F for one hour or until done; remove from oven and allow to cool for about 1/2 hour (may also bake the day before and refrigerate overnight.)
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop the flesh out of the skins; chop potato flesh into bitesize pieces; set aside. Discard skins.
Melt butter over medium/medium-low heat in large dutch oven or soup pot; stir in flour until smooth; cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
Stirring constantly, gradually add milk and cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbling.
Add the chopped potato, salt, both peppers, half of the green onions, half of the bacon, all of the ham (ham optional) and 1 1/2 cups cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and soup is thoroughly heated.
Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. Add extra milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and add extra salt and/or pepper as desired.
Serve hot, garnished with remaining green onions, bacon and cheese. (Or throw it all in the pot like my husband had me to do, lol!)
Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Reheat in microwave after adding a little extra milk to the soup.
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